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  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

    October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

    ★★★★

    “The time of words is past.”

  • A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor

    ★★★

    A Simple Favor, a lighthearted pastiche of the film noir genre with some added suburban kitsch, gets its kicks from subverting our expectations. The film opens with an old-school art deco-style title sequence, revealing out-of-context images from the film that hint at what’s to come: betrayal, adultery, and conspiracy (everything you’d expect and want). Interspersed throughout this tribute to thrillers of old are some images of innocuous suburban life, like a plate of brownies and a child’s art project. Right…

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★½

    Strange that this was met with a mixed critical reception when it’s a straight-up masterpiece. Unquenched subconscious desire spills into reality, exposing the propensity for human frailty and eventually, sympathy.

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★½

    Sorry to Bother You puts the cart before the horse, taking aim at a whole lot and only hitting its mark once or twice. The journey’s fun and the jokes mostly land, but there isn’t much to be gleaned from a film that wants to be about the evils of capitalism, code-switching, protest culture, systemic racial oppression, cultural appropriation, new slavery, viral media, etc. First-timer Boots Riley introduces us this hodgepodge of ideas by telling the story of low-level telemarketer…